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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Hitting the NFC South links

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let's do some speed reading to cover all sorts of ground on a variety of developments across the NFC South.

Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik didn’t flat out say free-agent linebacker Barrett Ruud is out of the picture. But he sure implied it when he started talking about the Bucs moving forward with rookie Mason Foster.

Can’t say this one’s a surprise. Matt Ryan was the first player to arrive at the Falcons’ complex Tuesday. He spoke with the media about how he’s looking forward to working with new quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski and rookie receiver Julio Jones.

Can’t say this one’s a surprise either. The Weather Channel ranked the 10 hottest venues for training camps. All four NFC South sites made the list.

Continuing with the theme of no surprises, quarterback Matt Moore said he doesn’t expect to be back with the Panthers.

The Saints reportedly have reached agreements with two more undrafted free agents, North Dakota State cornerback Josh Gatlin and Marian University offensive tackle Coy Beilby. The Saints also reportedly have agreed to deals with Nebraska offensive tackle Mike Smith and Belhaven wide receiver Kevin Dizer.

LSU kicker Josh Jasper said he has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay wide receiver Arrelious Benn, who is coming off major knee surgery, said he passed his physical and expects to be 100 percent for the regular-season opener.